Deji Adeyanju, a political activist and former director of new media of the main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has been remanded in prison custody until February 6, 2019, by the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Kano.
The court, on Friday, December 21, 2018, took the plea of Adeyanju who is charged with complicity in series of murders since 2000s.
Adeyanjus is the convener of Concerned Nigerians, a pro-democracy group and has staged various protests against the Muhammadu Buhari regime.
The court said that it lacked jurisdiction to hear murder charges against Adeyanju who had been arrested since December 13, 2018.
Adeyanju stood trial on similar charges between 2005 and 2009 but was discharged and acquitted by the Kano State High Court.
Adeyanju was arrested and detained for five days in Abuja before he was moved to Kano.
Chief Magistrates Hassan Fagge had on December 19, 2018, ordered his remand and scheduled today for bail hearing.
But when the court opened at about 9:42 a.m. on Friday, December 21, 2018, Mr Fagge said he had determined that he lacked the power to hear the homicide charges brought against Mr Adeyanju by the police.
Adeyanju was moved to Kano Central Prison.